Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii actress Shweta Kawaatra talks about postpartum depression; says, “I suffered for five years”
MUMBAI :Television actress Shweta Kawaatra who is popularly known for her role as Pallavi in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, has been a hands-on mother apart from fulfilling her acting commitments. The actress has also turned a counselor and giving an insight into that she said, “I’m not a practicing counselor yet. I plan to study further and eventually take up counseling as a practice and balance it with my primary profession — acting.”
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The Baal Veer actress is certified in personal counseling and also in conscious parenting as well as a double certification in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). The actress who is now planning to do Masters in the subject said, “Earlier, I didn’t even know the difference between a counselor, a psychologist and a psychiatrist, but now I’m better equipped. Counseling is a huge responsibility since you are dealing with a human mind. If a counselor is not equipped with proper education and experience, he/she will make the patient sicker than before. So, I’ve chosen the conventional route. I started pursuing parenting courses officially in 2020.”
Shweta who is said to be a depression survivor herself says, “Having experienced acute postpartum depression, I no longer view life as casually as I did before. Most tend to use the term ‘depression’ loosely. It is real. It’s a chemical change in our body and not just a low feeling or something that stems from boredom. If left untreated, it has long-drawn consequences. I suffered for five years. While I had my husband (actor Manav Gohil) and family’s support during this time, it was difficult for them to understand what I was going through. I wanted to lend a hand and an ear to others with the right tools, hence studying became the next organic step to understanding the disease.”
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